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Adirondack Council Releases 2012 State of the Adirondack Park Report

2012,  A YEAR OF EXTREMES FOR THE ADIRONDACK PARK ALBANY, N.Y. – The Adirondack Park was subjected to a barrage of extreme outside influences over the past 12 months, some of which devastated small communities and public natural resources, while others brought unprecedented good news to park residents and visitors, the Adirondack Council noted in…

New York County Leaders Signal Budget Alarms

NYSAC Unveils Looming County Fiscal Crisis   The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) today updated projections that reveal an unsustainable county outyear fiscal gap. County leaders are signaling the alarm that looming multi-billion dollar budget deficits are being caused by State mandated programs, and therefore cannot be addressed solely through actions initiated locally.…

A Question of Snow Fencing in Tupper Lake

The Village of Tupper Lake Board Meeting is chaired on Monday Evening by Leon LeBlanc.. Tupper Lake’s Mayor Paul Maroun was called to the passing of Rose Rosky who passed away at the age of 86 at her home on Sunday. Paul had been Rose’s Caretaker for many years and while he was able to…

New Visions at Adirondack Medical Center

Thirteen area high school seniors have embarked on an academic year of exploring potential health care careers through the New Vision program atAdirondackMedicalCenter, a member of Adirondack Health. Along with classroom lectures, students will shadow health professionals throughout the year in a variety of clinical observational rotations at AMC for a unique perspective into potential…

The French Connection at SUNY Plattsburgh

Development Corp. Scholarship Helps Fund Student’s French Connection For French and Canadian studies major Tierney Braden, learning she was the 2012-2013 recipient of a Development Corporation Scholarship was nothing short of “fantastique.” The junior from Lake Katrine, N.Y., said she is “very honored to be receiving this prestigious award. This scholarship is going to significantly…

K&J Show – Heating Assistance in the North Country

HEAP – Provides help in many different forms for people in need of assistance heating their homes in the winter. They work with NYSERDA and other organizations to help facilitate a solution to the financial burdens related to heating your home in the winter and in some cases will help pay for the regular delivery…

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The Never Ending Healthcare Battle

Advocates Hope Next Debate Keeps Focus on Dueling Medicare Plans  It was the subject of heated exchanges in the vice presidential debate, and health advocates are hoping both parties’ dueling health-reform plans get even more serious scrutiny in Tuesday night’s Obama-Romney rematch. During the vice presidential debate, Republican nominee Paul Ryan accused the current administration…

State is Making Progress according to New York Spending Report

DiNapoli: Budget Challenges Remain Despite Progress Spending in 2012 was $6,859 per New Yorker New York State has made progress toward aligning the state’s spending and revenue, according to the annual report of the Financial Condition of New York State released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “State policy decisions in the past two years have…

EmPower New York – Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades from NYSERDA

If you live in the North Country, you may want to take advantage of a free program being offered Through a NYSERDA “EmpowerNew York” Program…. program will provide for a consultant to come in and check the energy efficiency of heat loss in your homes… Empower New York provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions for income-eligible…

Register to Vote – Today is the Last Day

Today is the last day to register for the November 6th general election. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than midnight, tonight and received no later than October 17th to be valid for the upcoming general election. Candidates for President, Vice-President, U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, NYS Senate, NYS Assembly and…

K&J – Baby Steps for The Lake Flower Beach Committee

The Lake Flower Beach Committee June 2012 will no doubt mark the beginning of the newest effort to bring the beach back toLakeFlower.. It started with a facebook site called “Lake Flower Beach Return” and in less than 19 hours, brought in over 3,000 members…  Shawn Boyer..  He’s leading a group of residents who are…

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Governor Cuomo Tours North Country Regional Economic Development – Checks Progress

Gov. Cuomo tells aNorth Countrygroup of residents that he believes they are the perfect example of how the Regional Economic Development Council program should work. “There is noNew Yorkstate economy. It doesn’t exist,” “There are regional economies that, as an aggregate, wind up being the state economy,”  The governor visits the region Wednesday touring Regional Economic…

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Credit Unions Reporting Growth in All Categories

LOCAL CREDIT UNIONS ARE SHOWING FINANCIAL GROWTH New York’s credit unions continue to show across-the-board growth in all fundamental categories, including membership, lending, assets and savings through the 2nd quarter of 2012. In so doing, they have exceeded the national averages in each of those areas as well. Membership growth atNew Yorkcredit unions over the…

Statewide Lifetime Service Award goes to Dr Paul Reiss

The New York State Wide Senior Action Council has awarded Dr. Paul Reiss of Lake Placid its first Community Service Award for a lifetime of service to the community, particularly for older persons and children. StateWide’s Executive Director Maria Alvarez says  “Dr. Reiss was selected because of his exemplary way he leads his life in…

Catillaz Suspends Campaign

The Campaign for Town of Harrietstown Supervisor is a little quieter today following an announcement from his campaign that Saranac Lake Village Trustee Tom Catillaz is Suspending his “Active Campaign” 101012 – Catillaz Suspends Campaign In a statement emailed to WNBZ, The Catilliaz campaign noted a serious family medical situation out-of-state as the reason for the…

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Montreal Earthquake felt in Tri-Lakes

A small earthquake was felt in The Tri Lakes Region early Wednesday Morning… Canada’s CBC TV reports the epicenter about 23 miles North Northeast of the Montreal region.. Allison Bent  is a seismologist for Natural Resources Canada .. She  says it was a magnitude 4.5 quake with no reports of damage, although it did create…

NBT Bank Announces Merger with Alliance Financial

NORWICH, N.Y. and SYRACUSE, N.Y. – NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBT) (Nasdaq:NBTB) and Alliance Financial Corporation (Alliance) (Nasdaq:ALNC) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Alliance will merge with and into NBT. The merger is valued at approximately $233.4 million and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013 subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt…

HMOs on Vacation

NEW YORK – Some health maintenance organizations in New York are getting what amounts to a “13-year vacation” from having to comply with the American with Disabilities Act, say advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities who have presented their findings to the Department of Health. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of…

Harrietstown Budget is Under 2% Tax Cap –

The Town of Harrietstown steps into Round One of their Budget Work-Sessions Monday night with a presentation from Budget Officer Mike Kilroy…  Tax Rates are divided by “Division” and only certain residents are required to pay portions of the assessment – Village Residents, for example, will only pay the assessment on the General Fund and…

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NFIB September Report shows Low Expectations

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index is released at 7:30am Tuesday.. Low expectations and pessimism summing up the NFIB report (released just a few minutes ago) for the small-business community.  The Small Business Optimism Index loses 0.1 points and falls to 92.8. The report suggests the reading was pulled down by…